Rainer Wess Riesling 2009
Riesling from Austria
The grapes for the Wachauer Riesling originate from flat sites in the towns of Unterloiben and Durnstein. Here the alluvial soil is covered with some loess (windblown silt, clay and sand) layers. The grapes ripen early and are picked before the higher altititude sites. These factors -- in addition to the perfect ripeness of the 2009 vintage -- account for the aromatic, generous and forward character of the Wess Wachauer Riesling. The wine offers citrus, apricot and mango fruit braced with refeshing acidity and succulent length.
Rainer Wess Winery
Rainer Wess founded his own winery in 2003 after many years of diverse experience in the wine trade in both his native Austria and internationally. For example, he was the European sales manager for Mondavi and later the wine maker at a large Wachau winery. From the beginning, Wess’s goal was to produce Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines that would not only be among the best of the Wachau Valley, but also express his very personal style and philosophy. Rainer Wess’ deep knowledge of the Wachu region and its wine growers enabled him to identify the finest grapes from choicest sites available for purchase at harvest in 2003 and resulted in the immediate success of his project. More sites and grape-sources were added in 2004. Rainer Wess aims to produce the purest, freshest and most elegant wines possible. View all Rainer Wess Wines
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.